OneEgg, a U.S.-based nongovernmental agency that seeks to increase the amount of protein in the diets of poor children by providing eggs, will launch a pilot program in Haiti by the end of 2013.
Under the pilot program, approximately 100 needy children will begin receiving eggs, which are being purchased from a local supplier using sponsorship dollars.
OneEgg, which began its work four years ago in Rwanda, has partnered in Haiti with RMD, a U.S.-based Haitian philanthropic group, and 33 United Church of Christ churches in Rhode Island that sponsor six schools in Haiti.
With support from the sponsors, eggs for the OneEgg Haiti venture will be purchased from Haitian Broilers, a newly established subsidiary of Jamaican Broilers, a vertically integrated poultry company in the Caribbean.
Once the initial pilot is successful, OneEgg Haiti plans to ramp up to distribution of eggs to 500 children—a number that could reach thousands of children with additional support from its strategic partners.